Nicknamed the “Land of Enchantment“, the state of New Mexico is located in the southwestern United States. The state is known for vast deserts, rugged flat-topped hills, the hit AMC series Breaking Bad, and cultural heritage with strong Hispanic and Native American influences.
The largest city in the state, Albuquerque hosts International Balloon Fiesta (a yearly festival of hot air balloons) during the first week of October. Popular places to visit in the city are: Albuquerque Biological Park, Albuquerque Museum, Museum of Natural History and Science, and Old Town Albuquerque.
Las Cruces, or “The City of the Crosses“, is located near the Organ Mountains in the Mesilla Valley. With an elevation of 2,194 meters, Santa Fe is the highest state capital in the US. The city of Clovis is known for its role in early rock music history. Farmington, Roswell, and Rio Rancho are other cities in New Mexico worth visiting.
Getting In and Around
Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ) is the primary international gateway to the state. Amtrak’s Southwest Chief, Texas Eagle, and Sunset Limited provide train connectivity to major cities in New Mexico. I-10, I-25, and I-40 along with US 54, US 60, US, 64, and US 285 create a dense road network in the state.
List of Cities in New Mexico